Should You Get Dental Veneers?

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You might be surprised to learn how many cosmetic imperfections we can correct using dental veneers. In our Plymouth, MI dentist office we use them to hide:

  • Chips
  • Small cracks
  • Discoloration
  • Misshapen teeth
  • Gaps in teeth
  • Worn-down teeth

Like dental crowns, they can also strengthen teeth. Unlike crowns, though, dental veneers don’t cover your entire tooth.

To find out more about using dental veneers to improve your smile, you can schedule a free consultation with Dr. Doug Callow by calling 734-404-7336.

Dental Veneers 101

Dental veneers are thin “shells” of porcelain or other material that are custom made to fit snugly over your teeth’s front surfaces. They conceal flaws and also strengthen your teeth.

We take impressions of your teeth and other measurements, then send them to an off-site lab where the veneers are made. We also carefully match the veneer color to your natural teeth so no one will even know you’re wearing them! When they arrive, we prepare your teeth by removing a tiny amount of enamel and carefully fit the veneers to your teeth.

We Offer Two Types of Dental Veneers

We offer two different types of dental veneers. We’ll help you select the one that best fits your needs. Your choices are:

  • Porcelain veneers
  • A special type of ceramic called e.max

Both are durable, stain-resistant materials that are designed to mimic the appearance of your natural tooth enamel. The primary difference is the amount of enamel that we need to remove from your teeth to prepare them for the veneers. Because e.max is thinner than porcelain veneers, we won’t have to remove as much enamel.

With proper care, your dental veneers should last at least a decade.

Can Anyone Get Dental Veneers?

Dental veneers are a cosmetic dental treatment that works well for most people. That said, there are a few exceptions.

Dental veneers may not work for you if:

  • Your teeth aren’t in good shape. If you have a cavity, for example, we’d need to treat it with a tooth filling before you could consider getting a veneer.
  • Your teeth are too weak. If you’ve got a lot of missing tooth structure or large dental fillings, a dental crown may be a better choice.
  • You don’t have enough tooth enamel. We may not be able to affix dental veneers to your teeth if you lack adequate enamel. Again, a dental crown could be a better choice.
  • Your teeth are poorly aligned. For teeth with alignment issues, we’ll likely recommend an orthodontic treatment like Invisalign.
  • You clench or grind your teeth. If you regularly grind or clench your teeth, it can damage dental veneers. If you have a chronic teeth grinding habit, we can make a custom night guard for you that will prevent dental damage.

Dental Veneers vs. Other Dental Treatments

A dental veneer isn’t always the best choice to fix a flaw. Here we share some general advice on correcting common imperfections. A free consultation with Dr. Doug Callow in our Plymouth, MI dentist office is the best way to assess which cosmetic dental treatment will work for your specific situation. Call 734-404-7336 to book your appointment.

Stains or Discoloration

Teeth whitening treatments work well for extrinsic stains, like those you get from years of smoking or coffee consumption. Intrinsic stains, like those that can result from certain medications, are tougher to remove with whitening treatments. So dental veneers are often a better choice for intrinsic stains.

Another word of advice: If you plan to whiten your teeth and get veneers to correct other issues, whiten your teeth before getting your veneers. Veneers won’t respond to whitening treatments. If you whiten first, we can match your dental veneers to your newly bright shade.

Alignment Issues

Dental veneers can be used to correct minor alignment issues and cover small gaps in your smile. But Invisalign works better for many alignment issues, especially those that affect your bite.

Cracks or Chips

Dental veneers can repair small chips or cracks. But depending on the extent of the damage and where the damaged tooth is located in your mouth, a dental crown may be a better choice. While a veneer will strengthen a tooth somewhat, it won’t offer the same level of protection against further damage as a dental crown.

How to Care for Dental Veneers

Caring for dental veneers isn’t much different than caring for your natural teeth. Brush twice daily with a non-abrasive toothpaste and floss regularly. We’ll use a non-abrasive polish when cleaning your teeth to keep your dental veneers in top shape.

Avoid biting down on ice, hard candy, or other objects that could damage your veneers.

For more information on dental veneers, call Callow Family Dentistry at 734-404-7336.

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